Worth the Drive :: Getaway to Abita Springs

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Worth the Drive :: Getaway to Abita Springs

Who knew about this unsuspectingly charming town? I have a knack for overestimating a town’s popularity and I’m pretty sure Abita Springs isn’t popping off as much as I thought. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a regular retreat! It is a fantastic little town that is a perfect getaway for a couple who loves craft beer and locally owned and run shops! We snuck away for a good 24 hours to relax in a slower town. Here is what you need to know!

Abita Brewery

First stop into town is Abita Brewery. You can take a self-guided tour and then enjoy the tap room or pay $10 per person for a tour with a beer included! During the tour we learned that Abita prides itself in being the “first” craft brewery in the US. They also teach you about the brewing process and what makes Abita beer so special. The tap room was large with a plethora of games. I highly recommend staying and getting a flight of beers. They have everything from hard sweet tea to beer to root beer.

Abita Springs Hotel

We stayed at the loveliest, and I mean the loveliest hotel, which is locally owned and run! They have all the amenities you’d need including complimentary bikes. I could write a whole review on this quaint hotel. It was styled well and had a beautiful bathroom, the bed was very comfortable as well. Don’t forget to grab a glass of wine or coffee/tea where you can enjoy the square on the front porch.

Maple Street Bakery

In the morning walk or bike to Maple Street Bakery, a local family-run bakery. If you enjoy a good pastry and ghost story you’ll leave here with both! We met the son of the owners and he talked about the history of the haunted bakery. He told us a few ghost stories, and we left with arguably the best cinnamon roll we have ever had!

Dragonfly Cafe

Next head across the street from the hotel to the Dragonfly Cafe for some craft coffee. They have all of the syrups you can imagine as well as milk alternatives. We opted for black coffee which was roasted in town! It is situated in a trailer adjacent to a health food store. We even tried their breakfast- the pinwheels were our favorite!

Farmers Market

After you’ve had your coffee and cinnamon roll head to the Sunday farmers market where you’ll find local artisans. For lunch, we enjoyed a Food Truck and ate in the park.

Trail Rides

Bike down the Tammany Trace after lunch or one of the other trails that Abita Springs has to offer. There is also a fun playground at Abita Springs Park.

It is a fun family place if you want to go for the day, but I highly recommend spending the night and enjoying coffee on the front porch at the hotel. Its location can’t be beat – right in the middle of the town and within walking distance to everywhere (except Abita Brewery).

There is far more to explore like the Abita Mystery House, restaurants, and other shops. Have you been before? What do you enjoy about Abita Springs?

Nicki Hood
I am a wife and mom to 3 boys. In my free time you'll find me weight lifting or reading. I love going to a good farmer's market on the weekends and traveling is my absolute favorite! I was born in Miami, grew up in Atlanta, went to high school in Texas, and went to college at LSU where I majored in Communication Disorders. After a stint working as an SLP-A, I now focus my energy on raising our sons.


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